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This paper explores the impact of the work environment work-family conflict and coping with the stereotypes of women in law enforcement Women have struggled to gain influence in policing progressing only slowly until the 1970s when equal opportunities legislation brought integration and some measure of success This paper utilizes survey data from large police agencies throughout the United States and scholarly research to support the findings There is specific attention to the analyzing of gender basis between women and men in upper management positions in law enforcement The research stated that there is a lack of women in law enforcement especially in upper management Introduction Women have been in policing for over 150 years and despite strong resistance by those within the male-dominated field and public opinion have challenged traditional and stereotypical perceptions of authentic or real police officers women have used their talents and abilities in policing to prove their capacity as viable police officers Price 1996 Swanson Territo and Taylor 2008 reported that women now make up about 143 of sworn law enforcement positions among municipal county and state law enforcement agencies with 100 or more sworn officers p 559 Price 1996 stated that both affirmative action practices and structural changes in laws have helped increase the number of females in law enforcement The purpose of this paper is to inform the reader about the lack of females within the law enforcement communityBackgroundThe official website of the Los Angeles Police Department LAPD 2008 reported that some of the earliest females in the field served as matrons or workers who were employed in prisons and penal institutions to care for female prisoners Women in the LAPD para 2 These matrons first appeared in policing positions as early as 1845 in local jails and were a long way from being considered viable employees for real police work Thistlethwaite Wooldredge 2010 Some other early positions for female police were but
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